Thursday, 1 February 2018

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PW Bookit!: Updates from PW's sales and marketing staff about opportunities to promote your brand in PW.
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Letter from the Publisher
Letter from Cevin - February 2018
Thank you for your comments and ideas for my trip to Iceland last month! Reykjavik is very quaint, a fishing village, with snow everywhere. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect, and at first it felt almost like a fantasyland, or a movie set. more » »
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Events Corner

Events Corner for February 2018
What's on the horizon for PW? Check out the upcoming schedule. You are welcome to join us wherever we are! more » »

Highlights & Features

Spring Religion and Spirituality Announcements 2018
The semiannual religion and spirituality announcements issue covers the wealth of new titles forthcoming in the genres. Issue date: February 19; reservations due: February 7. more » »
PubTech Connect Supplement
Brand marketers take note! The 2nd Annual PubTech Connect brings together thought leaders in the worlds of publishing and technology, including leaders from Google, Buzzfeed, Food52 and others. Issue date: February 26; reservations due: February 13. more » »
Cookbooks - Spring 2018
Cookbook art is the focus of this popular feature. PW talks with art directors, designers, editors, food photographers, illustrators and authors about their forthcoming titles. Issue date: February 26; reservations due: February 14. more » »
PLA Preview 2018
The biannual Public Library Association (PLA) meeting takes place this year March 21 – 25, 2018, in Philadelphia. The former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates will keynote the upcoming conference. Issue date: March 5; reservations due: February 21. more » »
Bologna Children’s Book Fair Preview 2018
With approximately 1,200 exhibitors and 25,000+ visitors from 90 countries, the Bologna Preview offers the opportunity to focus the attention of publishers, agents and other children’s book professionals. Issue date: March 12; reservations: February 28. more » »
Children’s Books in China Supplement
This issue takes a close look at the explosion of children’s book publishing in China and the opportunities for publishers and agents. Bonus distribution at Beijing Book Fair! Issue date: March 12; reservations due: February 28. more » »
Looking Ahead

Poetry 2018
April is National Poetry Month. This special poetry feature will spotlight poetry from university presses. more » »
Sports 2018
For publishers, booksellers and book lovers of all stripes (and team logos), Publishers Weekly lays out a year’s worth of new sports titles, with special focus on biographies and narrative nonfiction... more » »
London Book Fair Preview 2018
An overview of the international state of publishing headlines the London Book Fair Preview, and a slate of big books being sold at the fair form the core of the preview. more » »
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PW LitCast: A Conversation with Carter Wilson
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New York Rights Fair 2018

PW's Editorial Calls for Information
Click here to read all of PW's current calls for information and books for upcoming editorial features.

PW Daily: Breaking book business, bookselling and author news, bestsellers lists and publishing deals.
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An Upbeat Winter Institute—With Some Caveats
Sales at indies have been strong the past few years, but the future of bookselling still holds plenty of challenges, booksellers are told. more »
Inmates Face Arbitrary Restrictions on Books
Advocates for prison inmates remain concerned about restrictions on books available to prisoners—and for good reason. more »
ALA Names Mary Ghikas Executive Director Through January 2020
Ghikas, interim director since August 2017, will continue to head the association through January 2020. more »
Win the Entire First 'Nemecene' Trilogy
Are you prepared? Enter for your chance to win one of three autographed sets of the first 'Nemecene' trilogy, a provocative creative adventure by science fiction author and world builder Kaz Lefave. (Sponsored) Enter Here »
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Elias Altman formerly agent at Aevitas Creative Management, is joining Massie & McQuilkin as agent and can be contacted at
Christian Vega has joined Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing as Marketing Assistant.
Alissa Nigro formerly Marketing Associate at Random House Children's Books, has joined Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing as Associate Marketing Manager.
Michael O. Campbell formerly US sales manager at Lone Pine Publishing, is joining the University of Washington Press as marketing and sales director.
Christina Bostick formerly Marketing & Promotions Coordinator at Cromwell Radio Group, has joined Icon Media Group as Associate Publicist.

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PubTech Connect: Meet the Business Innovators
Meet leaders from companies that have dared to tackle new models and mindsets. more » »
GKC 2018 Breakfast Series: The New World of Audio
Publishers Weekly and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair kicked off their Global Kids Connect Breakfast series on January 25 with an event that focused on the rapid growth within the audiobook industry. more » »
Book Deals: Week of January 29, 2018
Melissa de la Cruz sells her first stab at domestic suspense, a book on the Cartier clan is bought, Delacorte invests six figures in a debut fantasy series, and more in this week's notable book deals. more » »
This Week's Bestsellers: January 29, 2018
As the U.S. passed the first anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration, four books debuted on our hardcover nonfiction list, each taking a critical view of the current political moment. more » »
PW's Latest Starred Reviews
Check out the starred reviews of titles including 'The New Negro,' 'Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed with Time,' 'The Hazel Wood,' and more. more » »
Call for Information: Art & Photography Books
For this feature, we’re especially interested in books on graphic design and books on fashion (photography, illustration, design, street style, etc.). Pitches on trends outside of these areas are also welcome. Pub dates: April 2018 and beyond. Please only pitch titles for which you’ll be able to provide PDFs or sample pages by the end of February. Email pitches (no large attachments, please) to by February 16 and put “Call for Info: Art & Photography Books” in the subject line. more » »

Famous Architect Designs Chinese Store: Japanese architect Tadao Ando designed the recently opened Light Space Xinhua bookstore in Shanghai.
Michigan Bookstore Marks Mini Milestone: Shelf Life Community Bookstore in Niles, Mich., run by Better World Books, is celebrating its first year in business.
Newfoundland Bookstore Relocates: Broken Books in St. John's, Newfoundland, has relocated to the space formerly occupied by Afterwords bookstore.
Ohio Town Lets Bookseller Keep Store: A Toledo-area bookstore owner convicted of a sex offense may continue to run a store, despite its being near a school.
Support Gels for U.K. Indie Alliance: More than 90 booksellers in the U.K. have said they would join an independent bookstore alliance, should one be formed.
On Amazon's 'Error' Royalty: Writing in 'Forbes,' Adam Rowe explores the larger implications, for indie publishers, of a recent error with Amazon's KDP royalty rate.
Barnes on Flaubert and His Latest Novel: Booker winner Julian Barnes discusses his current release, 'The Only Story,' and other topics with 'The Guardian.'
Making the Case for the 'Subway Read': With beach reads, cabin reads and airplane reads established things, Adam Sternbergh asks in the 'NY Times,' why subway reads aren't on that list.
Musicians Set for Royalty Rate Bump: The National Music Publishers’ Association says musicians and songwriters are set for an increase in the royalty rate they're receiving from music subscription services like Apple Music and Spotify.
Kentucky's University Press Under Threat: University of Kentucky Press is facing the chopping block, with the state's governor proposing a budget that will slash public education funding.

PW Bestsellers

Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List
'The Woman in the Window' by A.J. Finn is the #1 bestseller on PW's adult hardcover fiction bestseller list. See the full list » »

'Whiskey' by Bruce Holbert
"Holbert ('Lonesome Animals') returns with a violent, gruesome, and beautiful tale that, despite its despondency, is perversely winning." more » »


Reading from the Heart
Meghan Dietsche Goel
‘Love’ and other books that love the world and get it right.


Reykjavík is Lit
Participants in the Nordlit conference, held in Reykjavík, Iceland, by the Miðstöð Íslenskra Bókmennta, or Icelandic Literature Center, earlier this month, gathered for a group photo.

Courtesy Lars Sidenius

PW LitCast: A Conversation with Carter Wilson
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PW Daily: Breaking book business, bookselling and author news, bestsellers lists and publishing deals.
Hachette Books Celebrates Two PEN Award Finalists!
Judith Curr to Leave Simon & Schuster
In a memo to Simon & Schuster employees this morning, CEO Carolyn Reidy said that the Atria Publishing Group president and publisher is leaving the company today. more »
Publishing Revenue at IDW Fell in Fiscal 2017
IDW Media reported that sales in its publishing group fell 12.1% in fiscal 2017 compared to fiscal 2016, but that it expects improved results in the current year. more »
U.K.'s Booksellers Association Restructures
Tim Godfray, chief executive of the U.K.-based Booksellers Association (BA) since 1984, is stepping back his day-to-day management responsibilities. Meryl Halls is moving is becoming managing director, while Godfray transitions into the role of executive chair of the BA Group. more »
Hachette Books Celebrates Two PEN Award Finalists
PEN America recently announced their shortlist for the 2018 PEN Literary Awards, which included two Hachette Books authors. Alexis Okeowo’s 'A Moonless, Starless Sky' is a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award, and Ron Powers’ 'No One Cares About Crazy People' is a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing. (Sponsored) Learn More »
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Liz Gorinsky is leaving her position as senior editor at Tor Books, effective February 2, but will stay on part-time as a consulting editor.
Kelli Daniel-Richards is launching Dart Frogg Communications, a public relations services firm focusing on the self-help, parenting, psychology, personal finance, business, and spirituality categories, at and can be contacted at
Erin Wicks is being promoted to editor at Harper.
Vanessa Torres has been promoted to sales coordinator at Macmillan.
Alexandra Quill has been promoted to assistant manager for academic marketing at Macmillan.
Susan Carner has been promoted to senior associate e-book account manager at Macmillan.
Tova Rohatiner has been promoted to internal communications associate at Macmillan.
Catherine Marvin has been promoted to senior manager for internal communications at Macmillan.
Kara Warschausky has been promoted to international marketing coordinator at Macmillan.
Holly Ruck has been promoted to senior manager of international sales at Macmillan.

The Growth of Chinese Children’s Books
U.S. publishers cross borders to import more children’s books from China, as Chinese publishers create contemporary stories. (PW subscriber exclusive) more » »
Mac Barnett: The Prankster Is In
Barnett has produced dozens of books on a myriad of topics over the past decade—and he's deadly serious about making books fun. (PW subscriber exclusive) more » »
Call for Information: Mysteries and Thrillers
Deadline: February 5. For this feature, we¹re especially interested in mysteries and thrillers set in developing countries. Sidebar pitches on other category trends are welcome. Pub. dates: April 2018 to March 2019, but please only pitch titles for which you have solid plot information. Email pitches and links to artwork to and put "Call for Info: Mysteries & Thrillers" in the subject line. more » »

Las Vegas Gets a New Used Bookstore: Copper Cat Books, a used bookstore, opened in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson in December.
The Bookstore and Library Symbiosis: Library users are typically book buyers as well and each institution should support the other, argues an Alaskan columnist.
Singapore Store Criticized for Selection: Titles at a religious bookstore in Singapore have been cited for promoting Islamic extremism.
Brooklyn Bookstore Expands: Pioneer Books in Red Hook has added a new exhibition space at the back of the store.
Libraries Fill News Void in Small Towns: As local news outlets disappear in America, some libraries are gaining new relevance.
The Moral Arc of Romance Books: Romance fans love the genre for its celebration of female power and sexuality. Now its writers are trafficking in powerful statements even more.
Poetry, Personal and Political: PW's Craig Morgan Teicher does his annual poetry roundup at NPR, highlighting poignant, powerful books by mid-career authors.
The Book That Changed Charles Darwin: In his years aboard H.M.S. Beagle, Charles Darwin catalogued a dizzying array of new creatures. A book on colors helped him do it.
Writers Who Hate Their Own Books: A list of writers who wound up disavowing (or at least disapproving of) their own earlier works.

PW Bestsellers

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List
'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' by Michael Wolff is the #1 title on PW's adult hardcover nonfiction bestseller list. See the full list » »
PW Daily Review of the Day

'Brave' by Rose McGowan
"Actress and director McGowan's disturbing and captivating memoir is a scathing indictment of Hollywood, which she calls a 'cult,' as well as a riveting account of survival." more » »

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Canada Comes to Tennessee
Last week at Winter Institute in Memphis, Penguin Random House Canada's director for independent retail sales, Mary Giuliano, hosted a dinner with a number of Canadian independent booksellers, as well as representatives from BookNet Canada and BookManager, pictured here.

Courtesy PRH Canada

PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Marcus Emerson
Bookworks | The Self Publishers Association
New York Rights Fair 2018

It was the year the crayons quit: 2017 finally saw adult coloring books give way—but the usual Big Five dominance was as present as ever. more

We Need Diverse Books’ COO Dhonielle Clayton says: misusing the term "censorship" and warping its definition to smear sensitivity readers is an attempt to divert attention from the real issue: the systematic erasure and blockage of marginalized voices from the publishing industry. more

'The Great American Read,' a PBS-produced documentary series on reading in American culture that will debut in the spring, announced the authors, media celebrities and literary experts that are taking part in the program. more

PW editorial director Jim Milliot examines Macmillan's resolution to stand firm against threats from President Trump. more

Global Kids Connect Breakfast Series 2018 | Global Audio

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WI13: Booksellers Conference Ends with Mash-Up of Books and Music
The last day of Winter Institute in Memphis focused on small and traditional presses, and featured a number of special events that paid homage to the musical heritage of this year’s host city. more »
New Walmart Partnership Brings Retailer Into the E-Book Game
Walmart has partnered with Rakuten, the Japanese internet services and e-commerce company, to bring its Kobo e-readers and e-books to the chain's U.S. stores. more »
ICM Partners Acquires Sagalyn Agency
ICM Partners has acquired the Sagalyn Agency, a Washington, D.C.–based literary agency, following a four-year partnership between the two firms. more »
Win the Entire First 'Nemecene' Trilogy
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Tyler Moss has been named editor-in-chief at 'Writer's Digest' after serving that role in an interim position since September of last year.
Emilia Rhodes is joining HMH Books for Young Readers as editorial director, effective January 29.
Aimee Friedman has been promoted to editorial director, from executive editor, at Scholastic.
Anamika Bhatnagar has been named associate publisher of Graphix in addition to her position as associate publisher of Pilkey Publishing.
Jenne Abramowitz has been promoted to executive editor, from senior editor, at Scholastic.
Stephanie Peitz has been promoted to director for cross channel marketing, from manager, at Scholastic.
Chloe Fraboni has been promoted to senior editor, from editor, at Scholastic.
Savannah D’Amico has been promoted to special markets sales associate, from special markets coordinator, at Scholastic.
Caitlin Harpin has been promoted to editorial director, from senior editor, at Klutz.
Edward Quiceno has been promoted to marketing coordinator, from marketing assistant, at Klutz.

In Conversation: Mary H.K. Choi and Richard Lawson
Mary H.K. Choi is the culture correspondent for 'Vice News Tonight' on HBO, and Richard Lawson is the film critic at 'Vanity Fair.' We asked them to interview each other about writing their contemporary YA debut novels, both due out this spring, and the evolving landscape of digital communication. more » »
PW Picks: Books of the Week, January 29, 2018
This week: a forbidden book containing unsettling fairy tales, plus the uses and misuses of civil rights history. more » »
Indie Scouting Report: January 2018
A look at some of the best-reviewed self-published titles from BookLife authors. more » »
Tune In to PW Radio
Author Jonathan Moore discusses his new novel, 'The Night Market.' PW senior correspondent Claire Kirch reports from Winter Institute. more » »

News Briefs

PEN America Names 2018 Literary Awards Finalists
Finalists include Carmen Maria Machado, Jenny Zhang, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hari Kunzru, Layli Long Soldier, Kevin Young, Ursula K. Le Guin, and more. more » »
John Sterling Leaves Macmillan for Politics
Sterling, who joined Macmillan nearly two decades ago, will step back from full-time work for the company. He will continue in his role as editor-at-large part-time, effective April 1. more » »

Apple Returns to the E-Book Game: Apple is working on a redesigned version of its iBooks e-book app for iPhones and iPads and has hired an executive from Amazon to help.
Bob Smith Dies at 59: The first openly gay comic to perform on 'The Tonight Show' and author of both fiction and nonfiction books died on Jan. 20 at his home in Manhattan.
Was Robert Burns a "Sex Pest"?: On this year’s Burns Night, the 18th-century bard has come under harsh scrutiny from Liz Lochhead over his treatment of women.
Ten Things Learned from Le Guin: The lessons Karen Joy Fowler learned from the late author, one of the first sci-fi writers Fowler ever read.
A Publisher’s Life and Library: Friends and colleagues of former Random House publisher Howard Kaminsky share their thoughts on his literary collection.

PW Bestsellers

Top 10 Overall Bestseller List
'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' by Michael Wolff is the #1 title on PW's top 10 overall bestseller list. See the full list » »
PW Daily Review of the Day

'A Land of Permanent Goodbyes' by Atia Abawi
In this gripping and heartrending novel, Abawi follows a family of Syrian refugees, whose lives are changed when one of the feared 'bombs that fell indiscriminately from the sky' destroys their apartment building." more » »


Reading from the Heart
Meghan Dietsche Goel
‘Love’ and other books that love the world and get it right.


A Little Book Conversation
'PW' senior/Midwest correspondent Claire Kirch met Elvis (r.), who was in the building at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Memphis, during Ingram's WI13 reception on Tuesday evening.

PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Roshani Chokshi
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PW Children's Bookshelf: Breaking children's and YA publishing news, author interviews, bestsellers lists and reviews.
When Sophie Thinks She Can't by Molly Bang
In the Spotlight
The Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books
For Spring

Drawn from PW’s Spring Children’s Announcements Issue, here are our editors’ selections for 18 children's and young adult books that can't arrive soon enough—including noteworthy debuts, series continuations, and more for readers of all ages. more

In the News
Junot Diaz Urges Booksellers to
Walk the Talk on Diversity

During his Winter Institute keynote address on January 24, author Junot Diaz delivered a blistering political statement urging the publishing industry to "stop talking about diversity and start decolonizing our shelves." more

BookExpo Names 2018 Children's Breakfast Speakers
ReedPOP has announced the lineup for the 2018 Children’s Book & Author Breakfast, which will take place on June 1, at this year’s BookExpo in New York City. more

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
Ursula K. Le Guin
The prolific and profoundly influential writer, who brought a literary and feminist touch to works of science fiction and fantasy for children and adults, died on January 22; she was 88 years old. "She was an unparalleled writer who lived an extraordinary life," said Naomi Gibbs, Le Guin's editor at HMH, which republished her Earthsea series in 2012. more

Julius Lester
Award-winning author, educator, activist, and musician Julius Lester, known for a body of work focused on African-American culture, history, and folklore, as well as for his fierce advocacy for books for black children by black creators, died on January 18, at the age of 78. more

Roberta Pressel
Roberta Pressel, senior designer at Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, died on January 22 after a long illness. Among the notable books Pressel worked on at Roaring Brook Press and FSG were Moonbird and The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose, Randolph Caldecott by Leonard S. Marcus, Lost and Found and The Five Forms by Barbara McClintock, and more. A service will be held this Friday, January 26 at Temple Emanuel in Great Neck, N.Y. at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either Deaf West Theatre or the Helen Keller Center in Pressel’s name.

Win a Book Box by Little, Brown Young Readers
New year, new books! Our January #LBYRBookBox is filled with ARCs of upcoming kids’ books, bookish goodies, and a trusty tote bag to hold your new prizes. (Sponsored) ENTER HERE ►

Cover Reveal
David Shannon Welcomes Back His Fictional Boyhood Self
In 1998, David Shannon’s eponymous mischief maker blew onto the picture-book scene in No, David! Two decades after his first appearance and eight years after his most recent outing, the hero is back in Grow Up, David!, due from Scholastic’s Blue Sky Press this August. We spoke with Shannon about the series, which is inspired by his own childhood hijinks. more

In Conversation
In Conversation: Mary H.K. Choi and Richard Lawson
Mary H.K. Choi is the culture correspondent for Vice News Tonight on HBO, and has contributed to such outlets as the Atlantic, Wired, and more. Choi’s fiction debut, a YA novel titled Emergency Contact, is due out in March. Richard Lawson, the film critic at Vanity Fair, has also written for a number of magazines. His debut novel, All We Can Do Is Wait, also for teens, hits shelves next month. We asked Choi and Lawson to interview each other about writing their contemporary YA debuts, and the evolving landscape of digital communication. more

Out Next Week
Hot Off the Presses:
Week of January 29, 2018

Hitting shelves next week are a picture book biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a middle grade historical novel about a boy who helps to free slaves, and a YA novel about a teen’s quest for self-improvement. more

PW KidsCast: Listen Now
Francisco X. Stork, Andrea Beaty, Dan Santat, Julie Fogliano, Christian Robinson, Philip C. Stead, Matthew Cordell – listen to these and other top writers and artists discuss their new books for children and teens in the PW KidsCast podcast. Click here to listen.
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Rights Report
T.S. Ferguson at Harlequin Teen has acquired Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now author (and star of Heroes and Glee) Dana L. Davis's YA novel The Voice in My Head. When Indigo Phillips hears a voice in her head telling her she can save her terminally ill twin sister's life, she delays her medically assisted suicide to drag her family on a road trip filled with drama, fighting, forgiveness, and eventually, closure. Publication is planned for summer 2019; Uwe Stender at TriadaUS Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.
Rosemary Brosnan at HarperCollins has bought Broken Things, a YA novel by Lauren Oliver, author of the Delirium trilogy and Before I Fall. A standalone thriller, Broken Things features two girls who have been accused of killing their best friend, allegedly driven by their obsession with a fantasy novel that began to play out in real life; years later, new facts come to light. Publication is slated for October 2018; Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management negotiated the deal for U.S., Canadian, and audio rights.
Krista Marino at Delacorte Press has won, in a multi-house auction, debut author Amélie Wen Zhao's YA fantasy trilogy Blood Heir. The epic follows a fugitive princess with a dark secret and a charismatic con man who forge an unlikely alliance in order to save themselves, each other, and their kingdom. The first book is scheduled for summer 2019; Peter Knapp at Park Literary and Media did the deal for North American rights.
Kheryn Callender at Little, Brown has acquired Samira Ahmed's YA novel Internment. Set in the near future, Muslim Americans are forced into an internment camp, and 17-year-old Layla Amin must find the courage to fight back against Islamophobia, oppression, and complicit silence. Publication is set for spring 2019; Eric Smith at P.S. Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.
Alex Arnold at HarperCollins/Tegen has bought, in a six-figure preempt, Swati Teerdhala's debut YA fantasy novel, The Tiger at Midnight, first in a trilogy. The #ownvoices novel is set in a world inspired by ancient India, where a soldier hunts the rebel girl accused of killing his General. When their beliefs are thrown into question, the solider and the rebel must decide between loyalty to their old lives or to a love that's made them dream of new ones. Publication of the first book is planned for winter 2019; Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency represented Teerdhala in the deal for North American rights, after connecting through the Twitter pitchfest #DVPit.
Susan Dobinick at Bloomsbury has acquired world rights to a YA adaptation of Carol Anderson's (l.) White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, written by Coretta Scott King Honor recipient Tonya Bolden. The adaptation, called Between Black and White: Challenging Our Racial Divide, will feature new content on the repercussions of racism in post-Obama America, photographs and archival images, and additional backmatter and resources. It will be published in September 2018 simultaneously with Anderson's adult nonfiction book, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy, which will also be adapted for YA readers in spring 2019. Rob McQuilkin at Massie & McQuilkin represented Carol Anderson, and Jennifer Lyons at Jennifer Lyons Literary represented Tonya Bolden.
Maggie Rosenthal and Leila Sales at Viking have bought, at auction, author Laura Sibson's debut YA novel, The Art of Breaking Things. Some girls can't say “me too”—even when they need to—but when aspiring artist Skye worries that her own sister is in danger, she must trailblaze her own route and confront her past. Publication is slated for summer 2019; Brianne Johnson at Writers House brokered the two-book deal for North American English rights.
Eliza Leahy at Capstone has acquired world rights to Tami Charles's Definitely Daphne, in which a 13-year-old girl finds herself living a double life when she starts an undercover vlog that goes viral. Publication is scheduled for October 2018; Lara Perkins at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author.
Margaret Ferguson at Holiday House has bought Katya Balen's debut novel, The Space We're In, the story of 10-year-old math whiz Frank and his younger brother Max, who is autistic. When their mother dies suddenly, Frank is forced to try and repair their fractured family. Publication is set for summer 2019; Catherine Drayton at InkWell Management negotiated the deal for North American rights on behalf of Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan Associates.
Erica Finkel at Abrams has acquired a new chapter book series from the author of the bestselling Origami Yoda series, Tom Angleberger. Didi Dodo will be set in the same universe as Angleberger's Inspector Flytrap series. When Her Majesty's Secret Fudge Sauce is stolen, Didi Dodo roller-skates to the rescue. Publication of the first book is planned for spring 2019; Caryn Wiseman at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.
Yvette Ghione and Katie Scott at Kids Can Press have bought, in a two-book deal, two nonfiction picture books by Helaine Becker, author of Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13. The first book, That's No Dino!, looks at dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals through the lens of taxonomy. The second book, Emmy, is a picture book biography of the mathematician Emmy Noether, whose groundbreaking work underpins the theory of relativity and the field of modern algebra. Publication for both books is scheduled for 2020; Sally Keefe-Cohen brokered the deal for world rights.
Orli Zuravicky at Scholastic has acquired, at auction, in a two-book deal, Jess Keating's nonfiction picture book, Ask Me Anything with Dr. Sugarpaws, illustrated by Pete Oswald. The world's only sugar glider with a Ph.D. in zoology, Dr. Sugarpaws answers questions from a medley of wild animals in her advice column, covering all aspects of science. Publication is set for 2020, with a second book to follow in 2021; Kathleen Rushall of Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and Kirsten Hall of Catbird Productions represented the illustrator for world rights.
Christy Ottaviano at Macmillan/Ottaviano has bought world rights to Maryann Cocca-Leffler's (l.) The Way It Should Be, a picture book about a rambunctious animal community that struggles to get along, before an act of heroism opens hearts and binds them together. Kristine Lombardi will illustrate. The book is scheduled for 2019; the author and the illustrator represented themselves.
Christina Pulles at Sterling has acquired world rights to When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree, a picture book by Jamie LB Deenihan (l.), illustrated by Lorraine Rocha. In the story, a child hopes for an electronic toy as a birthday gift, but receives an unexpected surprise. Publication is slated for spring 2019; Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary represented the author, and Stephanie Fretwell-Hill at Red Fox Literary represented the illustrator.
Kate DePalma at Barefoot Books has bought Dump Truck Disco, illustrated by Baby's First Words artist Christiane Engel. The singalong picture book tells the story of a group of friendly construction vehicles who build surprises for city kids in the middle of the night. The text was written by Barefoot Books senior editor Lisa Rosinsky, writing as Skye Silver. Publication is planned for fall 2018; Doreen Thorogood at Good Illustration represented the illustrator for world rights.
Andrea Hall at Albert Whitman has acquired Still, The Earth Gives More, a picture book about celebrating the Earth's offerings and its seasons, by From Here to There author-illustrator team Sue Fliess (l.) and Christiane Engel. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Jennifer Unter of the Unter Agency represented the author, and Doreen Thorogood of Good Illustration represented the artist.
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From the Guardian:
Author and Earthsea devotee David Mitchell on Ursula K. Le Guin: "She was a crafter of fierce, focused, fertile dreams." Click here
From 100 Scope Notes:
Books on Film: Jason Reynolds on The Daily Show. Click here
From USA Today:
Final Maze Runner kicks off a busy year of young-adult adaptations. Click here
From the Washington Post:
Jillian Tamaki reveals her poster for Children's Book Week 2018. Click here
From the Guardian:
Must monsters always be male? Gender bias in children's books. Click here
From Entertainment Weekly:
Paddington 2 breaks records to become Rotten Tomatoes' best-reviewed movie ever. Click here
From the Edgar Awards:
Mystery Writers of America announces its 2018 Edgar nominees. Click here
From School Library Journal:
History Has Its Eyes on Her: Biographies of women are a hot trend in children's. Click here
From the Daily Freeman:
The Lisa Libraries puts new books in hands of underprivileged kids. Click here
From the Atlantic:
Living Through Death with Harry Potter. Click here
From School Library Journal:
Picture Books in the Dorm Room? Click here
From Morningstar:
LitWorld and Scholastic Announce World Read Aloud Day 2018 and A Special Collaboration with Harry Potter Book Night. Click here
From Time:
The Boss Baby Oscar Nomination Is Melting the Internet. Click here
From NEPR:
Controversial Mural Replaced at Springfield's Dr. Seuss Museum. Click here
From Moneyish:
Why Lupita Nyong'o's upcoming children's book is a major step. Click here
From Study Breaks:
Why Hiring Sensitivity Readers Isn't Supporting Censorship. Click here
From BuzzFeed:
26 Times Goosebumps Author R.L. Stine Was the Funniest Person on Twitter. Click here
From Kidscreen:
Lambur Productions options Sophie Kinsella's first book for kids. Click here
From Bustle:
Harry Potter-Inspired Signs Totally Ruled Women's Marches Around the World. Click here
From io9:
The Scots Translation of Harry Potter Is the Most Scottish Thing Ever. Click here
From Book Riot:
Neal Shusterman on World Building. Click here
From Book Riot:
10 Young Adult Books Set in College. Click here
A report on The ABC Presents: Sensitivity Readers and Free Expression panel.
A peek into a meeting of booksellers at Wi13 as they review the challenges of 2017, and think about the opportunities of 2018.
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A Busy Creature’s Day Eating:
An Alphabetical Smorgasbord

Mo Willems. Hyperion, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-368-01352-9

G is for gluttony (ok, “gravy,” technically) in Willems’s madcap abecedary, built around a youngster who devours everything in sight, then suffers the consequences. Purple, wide-eyed, and resembling a cross between a monkey, dog, and Muppet, the young creature explodes out of bed and into an alphabetical meal of “Apples! Berries! Cereal!” There are a lot of laughs in this feeding frenzy, but just as much tenderness. more
Hello Lighthouse
Sophie Blackall. Little, Brown, $18.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-316-36238-2

Painted with Caldecott Medalist Blackall’s featherlight touch, this graceful account of a lighthouse keeper’s life celebrates a lost era. A lighthouse keeper readies his home for the arrival of his wife, then he helps her as she gives birth to their first child. Soon the family receives word that the lighthouse is to be fitted with a mechanical light, and their idyll comes to a serene end. more
In a Small Kingdom
Tomie dePaola, illus. by Doug Salati. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-4814-9800-5

It is long ago, in a place “along an ancient road.” The beloved old king has died, and the young prince is chosen to assume the throne. Though the prince is young and shy, he is thoughtful and gentle. But the legendary imperial robe has gone missing, and everyone in the kingdom believes this “remarkable garment” gives the king magical powers to protect them. An evil plot is afoot—can it be thwarted? more
The Sky at Our Feet
Nadia Hashimi. Harper, $16.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-242193-7

Hashimi addresses the plight of undocumented immigrants while taking readers on a glorious, madcap race through Manhattan. Twelve-year-old Jason Riazi has just learned that although he is an American citizen, his mother is not, having overstayed her student visa. When he sees her being taken away by two official-looking men, he assumes that she is being sent back to Afghanistan. more
The Astonishing Color of After
Emily X.R. Pan. Little, Brown, $18.99 (480p) ISBN 978-0-316-46399-7

In the wake of her mother’s suicide, 15-year-old Leigh travels from the U.S. to Taiwan, where she hopes to come to terms with the tragedy while getting to know the maternal grandparents she has never met. Convinced that her mother has been reincarnated as a great red bird and eager to understand what happened, Leigh looks for symbols and meaning in the world around her. Pan’s emotionally charged debut is a compelling exploration of grief and the insidiousness of depression. more
The Poet X
Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperTeen, $17.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-266280-4

Harlem sophomore Xiomara Batista's tough exterior hides questions and insecurities. As her confirmation nears (after two failed attempts), Xiomara begins to voice her uncertainties about the Catholic faith and patriarchal piety pressed on her by her mother and the church. Debut novelist Acevedo’s free verse gives Xiomara’s coming-of-age story an undeniable pull. more
January 25, 2018

Lots More Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke
PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Christopher Paul Curtis

Emilia Rhodes has been named editorial director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, as of January 29. Most recently she was senior editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books where she acquired and edited YA and middle grade fiction, and before that was an editor at Alloy Entertainment and Simon Pulse. Authors she has worked with include Katharine McGee, Carrie Arcos, Claudia Gray, and Colleen Oakes.
Random House Children’s Books has two promotions. Michelle Nagler has been promoted to v-p, associate publishing director for the Random House Books for Young Readers Group, from associate publishing director. Frances Gilbert has been promoted to editor-in-chief of Doubleday and Golden Books, from editorial director, Doubleday.
Senior literary agent Elena Giovinazzo has been promoted to v-p at Pippin Properties. Giovinazzo joined the company as agency assistant in 2009; her client list includes Jason Reynolds, Katherine Applegate, and Cassie Beasley.
Marina Finaro-Shults has been promoted to senior manager, marketing promotions and sales communications at Disney Book Group, from manager, promotions.
Scholastic has several promotions and new hires. Aimee Friedman has been promoted to editorial director, from executive editor. Anamika Bhatnagar has been named associate publisher, Graphix, and Pilkey Publishing; she was previously associate publisher, Pilkey Publishing. Jenne Abramowitz has been promoted to executive editor, from senior editor. Chloe Fraboni has been promoted to senior editor, from editor. Stephanie Peitz has been promoted to director, cross channel marketing, from manager. Savannah D'Amico has been promoted to special markets sales associate, from special markets coordinator. Caitlin Harpin has been promoted to editorial director, Klutz, from senior editor. Edward Quiceno has been promoted to marketing coordinator, Klutz, from marketing assistant. Brittany Leddy has joined as marketing and publicity manager for Klutz; she was previously assistant marketing manager at HarperCollins Children's Books. Shalini Saxena has joined as product editor, Klutz; she previously edited educational materials at the New Teacher Center. Jasmine Miranda has joined as marketing coordinator, education/library; she was previously at Macmillan Learning.
Children's Frontlist Fiction
#1 Dog Man and Cat Kid (Dog Man #4) by Dav Pilkey. Click here
Picture Books
#1 First 100 Words by Roger Priddy. Click here
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The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
Academy Award® nominee for Animated Feature Film
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